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For the love of scrubs

The School of Education’s Pippa Totraku is sewing hearts for sick patients in Intensive Care – and now she’s making scrubs too.

Having seen the call for more personal protective equipment, Pippa (Principal Lecturer Lead for Planning and Admissions), who knits and sews for a hobby, sought out a way to help and found Facebook group, ‘For the love of scrubs’.

Pippa spotted a request for crafters to make hearts for coronavirus patients who are critically ill in Intensive Care Units. With access limited for close relatives, the idea is for one heart to stay with the patient and another to be sent to a relative, so that they can both share something physical.

Pippa said: “It’s a very small and personal contribution but the amazing work done by the group was something I had to be a part of.” Read More

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International Scholarships of £2,500

image showing schaolrship value and deadline dateWe are offering undergraduate and postgraduate international scholarships of £2,500 for courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year.

The deadline to apply is 15 May and applications are open to all students who qualify to pay international fees.

Find out more on the University of Brighton website:

Undergraduate international scholarships

Postgraduate international scholarships

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Merit scholarship for Ellie

Philanthropy at the university rewards and advances academic excellence through research funding and merit prizes.

Over 100 guests, including students, staff, alumni, donors and supporters came together to celebrate at our annual celebration event in February to applaud the achievements of students who have won scholarships, awards or funding over the past year.

Primary Education (5-11 years) BA(Hons) with QTS student Eleanor Watson received a Merit Scholarship.

Ellie said the one thing she knew for certain when she left school was that she did not want to be a teacher! She comes from a long line of teachers and was determined not to follow in her family’s footsteps. Thankfully, she eventually realised that teaching dance is the job for her. Read More

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Podcast: Catching up with Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott

Sarah, our Deputy Head of School (Partnership and Engagement), talks about her career and why Brighton is such a great place to train to teach. She also discusses how to make teacher training even more accessible.

​Listen to the podcast by clicking ‘play’ in the link below. Alternatively, most of the interview is transcribed on this page.

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Find out more about training to teach at the University of Brighton. Read More

Nick and Sophy at the event

Kids’ books are no child’s play

Creators of some of the country’s best-known children’s fiction told University of Brighton School of Education students how writing and drawing are not as straight forward as they may seem.

Illustrator Nick Sharratt, winner of the Children’s Book Award, and Sophy Henn, picture book maker and University of Brighton graduate, spoke to students as part of ‘READ TO INSPIRE’, an annual event for the University’s Primary PGCE and Early Years trainee teachers.

The two explained just how complex creating can be: “Picture fiction are complex narratives where both word and image work together to form more than the sum of the parts.” Read More

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Student Voice Week

The School of Education held its first Student Voice Week in December.

The event was designed in consultation with students with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of how School of Education students understand the term ‘student voice’ and their experiences of it during their study-lives.

Dr Richard Wallis, Deputy Head of the School of Education, shared the key objective of the project stating that is was to “find out from our student body, what they understand student voice to mean and how it has been most effectively experienced during the course of their study”.

Throughout the week students could visit our stands to chat with student voice ambassadors, add to the ‘thoughts board’, complete a survey and eat cakes and pastries! Over the course of the week the ambassadors were visited by around 150 students. Read More